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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Our Decisions Matter

In Friday's readings we lost the Father of the Faith (Genesis 25:7). I loved that Isaac and Ishmael came together to bury their dad, Abraham.

I am sure that it had to be extremely awkward and difficult for them. But truth is they had nothing to do with the decisions and actions of their parents. But they did have to live daily in them. And to this day Isaac and Ishmael’s descendants are still living with them.

But we also see in Genesis 26:5 that Isaac was blessed because Abraham obeyed God.

Although Abraham did not do everything right, did not obey every time, he was a man of God, that sought Him, loved Him and worshipped Him. As a result, Isaac lived in blessing.

This is the take-a-way truth I wrote in my notebook regarding this: Tomorrow my children and grandchildren’s lives could be blessed or they could be cursed based on the decisions and actions I make today.

When they see us love, obey, worship and honor the Lord we are giving them a strong foundation to build their lives on. And no matter where life may take them, they will always know who to anchor their life on, Christ.

Sadly though, I have seen way too many adults whose parents did not love, obey, worship and honor the Lord. Although they may have found God for themselves later in life, they have so much baggage, hurt and scars requiring much prayer and counsel to move their past, into their past.

My children are almost grown and gone. Oh, how I would love to do so many things differently.

One thing they will know… their mom and dad love God, obey God, worship God and honor God with every part of their being.

My prayer today is that Tyler and Chrissy’s lives will be forever blessed, just as Isaac’s was, in spite of their parent's shortcomings.



Happy Hermit (happilyhiddenhermit@gmail.com) said...

I have a hard time dealing with how abraham just sho0'd away hagar and her child , I guess I may be effected by not having a father myself. Truly it is an area of contention in my that I have yet to work through .

Anonymous said...

I am sure it was not easy for Abraham to send his son away. To him he prob felt it was the best thing to do considering the circumstances. Just as a mother would give up a child knowing someone else could give them a better life. I am praying for God to heal your pain. But it confirms the post, decisions parents make do not just dictate their lives but their children's lives as well.